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Manager Doris Muñoz Talks Touring, Record Deals and Her Non-Profit, Solidarity for Sanctuary

"This job is 24/7 and a half"

This week on our podcast Monday to Monday, host Mike Boyd sits down with manager extraordinaire Doris Muñoz. This interview is special, because Muñoz embodies so much of what is amazing about the role of a manager. She runs her own management company, mija mgmt, while heading up her nonprofit Solidarity for Sanctuary. In both of these roles, Muñoz demonstrates the power that artists/managers have to create change with their work. The nonprofit has a mission “to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy and the arts.”

 

Boyd and Muñoz discuss her work with her nonprofit, her mija mgmt company (which manages bedroom pop sensation, Cuco), tips on live shows/touring and some advice for landing a record deal. It’s a hell of an episode, highlighting one of the important factors at the core of the Monday to Monday brand. In the words of Dewey Finn, “One great rock show can change the world.” Muñoz’s work embodies this ethos, demonstrating that music (and those who create it) have the power to impact the world we live in. 

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Boyd and Muñoz also talk about Muñoz’s genesis as a musician, playing multiple instruments throughout her childhood. Mike tells her what everyone else is thinking: “Wow. You play more instruments and have more knowledge about music than a lot of the artists I meet.” Music was in Muñoz’s family from the start, and she cites her family as the ultimate inspiration her commitment to the grind. “I always saw my mom hustling,” Muñoz tells Boyd. And years later, Muñoz has created a management company that is a safe space for artists to communicate and share ideas. “Shoutout to moms, for sure.”

 

Muñoz tells the story of meeting Cuco at a backyard show when he already had a devoted following. She approached him to have him play at her upcoming Solidarity for Sanctuary show, telling Boyd, “We literally met up for tacos the next day and just talked for like four hours and then just, decided to test run it. And we just kinda never looked back since then.”

 

The manager also shares some advice on the fast-paced nature of being a manager: “This job is 24/7 and a half. You know? It’s something that if you are not a thousand and one percent passionate about, yo, you’re gonna be miserable.” Muñoz and Boyd also discuss the trials and tribulations of touring, travel nightmares and the path to getting a record deal. The duo talk about all this and much more, so you’ll have to check out the episode to get the full scoop.

Episode 2: Doris Muñoz

If you want to hear even more from managers and artists paving their way, make sure to check out last week’s episode, when Boyd sat down with Cousin Stizz and his manager Tim Larew. 

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